Longtime art teacher gets ‘love’ caravan

Barbara Shannon’s art students feted her with a drive-by caravan last week. Up until COVID-19 shut down the Conejo Valley Adult Education School, she had been instructing the oil/acrylic workshop for 55 years. Many of her students have been attending the sessions for more than 25 years. Besides creating art, classmates have celebrated birthdays and births, mourned illnesses and deaths, […]

Volunteers needed for trail preservation

As the pandemic continues, Conejo Open Space Foundation asks community members to support the open space and trail system of the Conejo Valley that serves as a respite for residents. “The Conejo Open Space trails offer a safe and invigorating escape for residents who seek social-distancing-appropriate exercise and adventure on foot, mountain bike, and horseback,” said Jerry Westby, president of […]

Free Y classes

With many structured physical activities still shutdown because of the pandemic, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA is hosting daily online fitness classes for all ages at no cost to the community. No advance reservations and no YMCA memberships are required. Instructors from the three local Y branches—Conejo Valley, Simi Valley Family and Yarrow Family—conduct the live classes on Zoom Mondays […]

Betty Geneva McCahon

June 1923 – July 2020

Betty Geneva McCahon passed away on July 10, 2020. Betty was born on June 25, 1923 in Deadwood, South Dakota. She grew up in Axtell, Kansas and Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from The University of Nebraska with a major in Theatre Arts, Betty traveled to Virginia where she joined The Barter Players at The Barter Theatre. Here she acted on […]

Celebrating ThThe Red, White and Blue

Winners announced in the Agoura Hills July Fourth Home Decorating Contest Residents decked out the front of their houses and porches with patriotic decor and then submitted pictures to the city for judging. Each winner received a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Downsizing: Agoura family hopes to live big in a tiny house

One parent, two kids and three dogs

A two-car garage, a front lawn, a swimming pool and a white-picket fence. The dream of property ownership usually leads to something resembling that. For Agoura Hills resident Laila Proenca, that’s too much stuff. Proenca’s dream is a bit more . . . tiny. Come August, she, her two kids and three dogs will be living in a tiny home, […]

Protecting nursing home residents against COVID-19

COMMENTARY /// Senior health

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close quarters. That’s why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken a series of aggressive actions over the last several months to protect nursing home residents against the spread of the novel coronavirus. […]

Fight for justice with love

Roots of Faith

Martin Luther King Jr., the great advocate for the poor and minorities in the 1960s, was, at heart, a Baptist clergyman. King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling, and it still remains my greatest commitment” (“Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool,” sermon preached in 1967 […]

Living the best life today by looking at God’s grace for us

COMMENTARY /// Keeping the faith

I love this thought from Maya Angelou: “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present . . . gratefully.” And check out this one from John Newton: “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, […]

Who Was That Masked Person? Locals Produce Masks For Pandemic


Chelsea Martens and Leo Abuzaid, founders of The Max Guardian, have been resilient on their quest to strengthen the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple has now donated over 2,000 masks, nearly four times as many since May. As the COVID-19 cases have continued to rise and as the school year closes in, Martens and Abuzaid have risen to […]